Remember that cosplay creep? He made a response video to all the cries of harassment.
I won’t link it, but here’s a summary:
He attended a con with the intention of recording only “appropriate” interviews. In essence, this involved staring blankly into the camera, long periods of purposefully awkward silence, and asinine questions. Many of the girls he interviewed complained that he wasn’t as exciting as usual and wondered when he was going to ask about their “boobs” again. At the end, he gave up and allowed one of them to show off her backside.
I wasn’t going to write about this at all, but I feel like I need to clarify some points. Let me be honest: I never made my post about Greg to change his behavior, but rather to inform others of his behavior. His subscribers expect immaturity, which can be pretty funny at times. This is not one of those times. Still, immaturity is what he gives them. It’s a particular type of comedy.
My issue, which I think I expanded on more clearly in the follow-up, was always with asking for permission, age of consent, etc., and generally treating these women more as human beings than T&A. It’s abundantly clear that there are cosplayers who are perfectly comfortable with his brand of humor— and that’s fine!
The concern lies with cosplayers like Rian (the femme!Loki in one of his videos, who I subsequently spoke to), myself and countless others who aren’t comfortable with the incredibly lewd nature of his interviews. Some of the girls in his videos, and in other YouTubers’ videos like Greg’s, are genuinely disturbed. You can see it on their faces, and Rian expressed it plainly here on the site. That’s considered harassment. If he wants to make these videos, then he needs to make sure that all his interviewees are comfortable with publication and give explicit permission as enthusiastically as the few he hand-picked for his recent response. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem open to that idea.
That leaves the task to us, as a community, to let convention attendees know about his practices so they can make informed decisions on whether or not to accept potential interviews with him or support his channel. And that’s exactly what I’m doing.
Sidenote: a group called ManBanter attended last month’s New York Comic Con and began filming in pretty much the exact same style as Greg’s. They were called out personally by the convention’s head and were banned from all future NYCC and ReedPop conventions. This behavior can be considered a punishable offense.